Use your iPad or MacBook as a speakerphone with your iPhone.

As a frequent business traveler, I have been thinking about getting a portable bluetooth speakerphone that I can use in hotel rooms for conference calls.  When I heard about the Yosemite ‘calling’ feature, I decided to wait and try it out.  Read more at ned.sudduth.org 

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According to Apple, you can use your laptop as a speaker phone.

Now you can take iPhone calls right on your Mac. You can answer a call or dial a new one while your iPhone may be charging in another room or even buried in your backpack. Just point, click, and say hello.

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I did learn you have to be on the same Wi-Fi hotspot in order for the feature to work. This makes sense, but bluetooth support would be really nice as well. ….Why? In addition to being on the same Wi-Fi, the Wi-Fi must also be open to allow devices to see each other and connect to each other.   In hotels, this is a security hole since it would allow hotel guests in different rooms and floors to see your computer and potentially hack into it.   So, Wi-Fi in hotels dis-allow devices from seeing each other via networking settings.

A work around is to purchase a portable AP that you can plug in to the ethernet cord in your room and create your own AP that would allow it to work.  I have not tested it yet, but this solution from TPLINK might be a solution.

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Read more at ned.sudduth.org

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